Alternate Dispute Resolution centres gaining traction with litigants at the district level

Team SoOLEGAL 31 Mar 2018 5:14pm

Alternate Dispute Resolution centres gaining traction with litigants at the district level

New Delhi: People at ther district level are increasingly preferring to resolve dispute  at the Alternate Dispute Resolution(ADR) centres rather than courts.

The trend is clearly established by number of cases being referred to ADR cases in states of Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Kerala, Rajasthan and UP where listing of cases for mediation at the ADR centres have gone up from 35,000 to 75,000.

In a statement before Parliament last week, minister of state for law P P Chaudhary said from 2.07 lakh cases received at district centres in 36 states and Union Territories in 2015-16, it has gone up to 2.91 lakh cases in 2016-17. And in the nine months between April-December 2017-18, it has already crossed 2.59 lakh.

According to the minister, while 53,000 cases were settled in 2015-16, the next year more than 93,700 cases were settled. During April-December 2017, already 77,500 cases have been settled through mediations at the ADR centres.

"Legal Services authorities are engaged in promoting the use of ADR mechanisms," the minister said of centres set up in states that deal with matters referred to them by courts.

As part of its plan to bring down the pressure on  the regular courts which have as much as 2.69 crore  pending cases ,the government is promoting ADR mechanism through mediations.This has several benefits as cases get solved quickly, litigation costs are lower and no more load is added to regular courts.

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